The New Itel S13 Hands-on Review: A Dual-camera Budget Smartphone

The itel S13 which costs 23,800 naira ($76) comes hot on the heels of its predecessor, the itel S12. As far as reincarnations go, the S13 is undoubtedly an exciting upgrade on so many levels. The S13 cuts away most of the baby fat on the S12, shaving off the bezels to fit a 5.5-inch full-screen display in a tiny device.

Much as the itel S13 is a self-styled selfie camera phone, the 13MP camera is rivalled by the 5MP dual camera shooters. This is not to say the S13 is all about the camera. Let’s have a comprehensive look at the sum of the parts.
Display and Build
At first blush, the itel S13 might remind will remind you less of the itel S12 and more of a Google Pixel . Especially the rough band at the head where the dual cameras and LED flash reside at the back. That the S13 comes with a Fingerprint sensor shows how ubiquitous this technology has become. Of late, I can’t see myself using a phone without a fingerprint sensor. What’s even better is that it’s well placed at the back for almost mindless unlocking of your device. To finish this off, a single speaker calls the bottom home.
The front features a 5.5-inch Full-screen display which is impressive for its 480 x 960-pixel density. Topside is the 13MP Selfie Camera and a single LED flash. The body of the itel S13 is made of a cheap polycarbonate build. It has a non-premium feel perhaps given its size and weight. The back cover is removable and so is the battery therein. The dual SIM slots are hidden in there, as is the microSD card slot for expandable memory.
Antutu Benchmark: 21960
The itel S13 runs a MediaTek MT6580 Quad-core 1.3GHz, ARM Cortex-A7 Processor alongside a Mali-400 MP Graphics (GPU) Processor. As far as we can tell, this defacto processor is now an industry standard for entry-level Android Go devices. The likes of Tecno Spark, itel A32P, itel P32 all run MediaTek MT6580 under the hood. In all likelihood, the performance should be similar.
Expect satisfactorily moderate performance. Apps load in about a second and won’t lag or stutter to any noticeable degree. The usual games i.e Temple Run and Candy Crush run just fine. You don’t do any performance gymnastics though. You will be able to open multiple apps and switch between them almost instantly. Keep in mind though that we are running a moderate 1GB of RAM, so there’s only so much you can do before performance takes a nose-dive.
Surprisingly, the itel S13 performs comparably better on Antutu Benchmark than its cousin, the itel P32. Where the P32 garners a score of 20521, the S13 marginally beats it to get 21960. Let’s pretend for one second that we understand what exactly those scores mean. In doing so, it appears that the S13 does have a slight comparative advantage over its cousin, although that’s only performance-wise.

RRP is N23,800 only and is now available in all phone retail stores nationwide.
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